Having a blog means you can share lovely photos of your garden.
But that, of course, is not the whole story! Oh, no! Gardening is a process. . . and sometimes it is not so lovely. Sometimes it looks like THIS:
Same peony bush. Blooms are mummified from too much rain. . .
Where have all the roses gone?
The payoff? Healthy plants. More blooms to come!
Ahhhhh. Much better!
PS -- Although you can buy insecticidal soap relatively cheaply at gardening stores, it's easy to mix your own -- especially if you are suffering a large infestation. Just mix 1-2 Tablespoons of liquid SOAP (not detergent; I use Ivory) with 1 quart of water. Then transfer this mixture to a clean spray bottle, and go to it!